Students Offer Funny ‘Musical of Musicals’

The Westmont Music and Theatre Arts Departments have collaborated to create a hilarious, student-produced show, “Musical of Musicals (the Musical!)” Jan, 24-26, 8 p.m. and Jan. 27, 2 p.m., in Porter Theatre. Tickets to the performance, which benefits the choir’s international tour and the theater’s Fringe Festival, cost $10, $7 for students and seniors. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.westmont.edu/musicalofmusicals or call 805-565-7140. Only cash or check will be accepted at the door.

“Musical of Musicals,” written by Joanne Bogart and Eric Rockwell, premiered off-Broadway in 2003. Director Ben Offringa ’14 says the humorous play is similar to the clever spoofs that have made Spring Sing a lasting Westmont tradition.

“It’s a culminating parody of every major musical produced in the last 60 years,” he says. “I really hope audiences walk away with a smile on their face, a jig in their step and a hummable melody or two.”

Offringa has starred in nearly every Westmont theatrical production in the past three years, including “Much Ado,” “Animal Farm,” “The Servant of Two Masters” and “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.”

Cast members include juniors Mak Manson (“Much Ado,” “Animal Farm,” and “Servant of Two Masters”), Paige Tautz (“Much Ado,” “Animal Farm,” “Peer Gynt,” and “Servant of Two Masters”), and Lauren White (“Peer Gynt”). The show features first-year students Connor Bush (“Much Ado”) and Kendall Shurance (“Much Ado”), Mack Ellis and McKenna Mender. Sophomore Luke Mizuki accompanies the performance on piano.

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